A lifetime -and a legacy- of advocacy

“Together, we can improve the world long after we’re here to see it.” Mary Lindsay, one of Friends of UNFPA’s co-founders, on why she has named Friends of UNFPA in her will and encourages her fellow supporters to do the same. Mary Lindsay spent nearly five decades championing…

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Your Impact: Female genital mutilation outlawed in Sudan!

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is the piercing, cutting, removing, or sewing closed of a girl’s external genitalia for no medical reason. Women who’ve been subjected to FGM are at risk of a lifetime of physical and emotional pain. Although internationally condemned, FGM persists. In many countries, FGM is…

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ASK AN EXPERT: Sarah Craven, Director of UNFPA’s Washington, D.C. Office

Sarah and her team demonstrate to members of Congress and other change-makers how UNFPA empowers women and girls to live with health, dignity, and opportunity. She recently answered questions about the impact of the U.S. government’s refusal to support UNFPA. What is one example of how the United…

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CATASTROPHE IN YEMEN: As COVID-19 rages, UNFPA provides care despite funding shortfalls

Earlier this year, Mariam, a pregnant mother of four, had been receiving free prenatal care at Bani Shamakh, a UNFPA-supported facility in Yemen. When she arrived one day in May, bleeding heavily, maternal health services were no longer available. Mariam hemorrhaged to death. It has been more than…

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The Rohingya Refugee Update: Three Years On

10 September 2020 COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh – The 25th of August marked a tragic anniversary: three years since the mass influx of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees into Bangladesh from neighboring Myanmar. UNFPA continues to care for the Rohingya and provide updates on their work in the refugee…

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UN Reports Expect Increases in Extreme Poverty for Women and Child Death as a Result of COVID-19

UN reports released this month point to troubling outcomes from the COVID-19 pandemic for women’s and children’s health and well-being.   The pandemic and its consequences are likely to push 47 million more women into poverty. Poverty as a whole will rise, says one report, but women of reproductive…

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Friends of UNFPA 2019 Annual Report

Read the Friends of UNFPA 2019 Annual Report! In 2019, few of us knew the extent to which the COVID-19 pandemic would change the world we live in.  At home, over 200,000 Americans -disproportionately Black and Brown- have died from the virus, wearing a mask has become political, economic insecurity is widespread, and “normal” life seems…

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Dr. Natalia Kanem on UNFPA and COVID-19

Women’s reproductive health and rights must be safeguarded. Services must continue, supplies must be delivered, and the vulnerable must be protected and supported. -UNFPA Executive Director, Dr. Natalia Kanem The COVID-19 crisis and UNFPA’s response was the topic of Dr. Kanem’s keynote speech for The Bonni Curran Memorial Lecture for the…

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In Lebanon, mobile health clinics deployed as Beirut recuperates from the explosion

25 August 2020 BEIRUT, Lebanon – Weeks after a horrific explosion devastated the Lebanese capital, Beirut, scenes of collective action replace views of smouldering wreckage. Health care, food, water, and home repairs provided by community members and partner organizations have changed the city. In Lebanon, mobile health clinics have been…

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The Case for Masks (Again)

Since the coronavirus pandemic began in the United States in March, esteemed institutions including the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Mayo Clinic, and Forbes have all made the case for why you (and everyone around you) should wear a mask. Now, we’re making that case again, but…

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